Indian Wooden Printing Block - Om Mani Padme Hum Lotus

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Indian Wooden Printing Block - Om Mani Lotus Flower

All our woodblocks are made on a fair trade basis from sustainable Sheesham wood by our supplier Gurmakh and his family in India.  Each is hard carved. The men do the carving by making a design in metal wire, heating it and then stamping it onto the raw blocks.  The scorched marks are then used as a template for hand carving the design.  Next the women soak the blocks in linseed oil, dry them and finish them with a gesso white paint on the printing surface to give a hard and durable yet smooth finish for printing.  Often the natural wood oils change the gesso colour to light brown.  The blocks are cut deep enough for printing onto fabric and paper. Great used with acrylic and fabric paints or printing ink.  Those with an advanced skill can also print with henna onto skin or press into clay.  However they can also just be used as a decorative piece of art for the home!
        
This woodblock is of an open lotus flower with the phrase "Om Mani Padme Hum" in Sanskrit script in the petals.  The phrase is commonly translated from Sanskrit as "the jewel is in the lotus".
    
Measures 11cm in diameter and 2.5cm thick.